THE Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has raised alarm over the illegal printing and distribution of membership card of the party in the state, saying the action was designed to cause division within the party.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Alex Kalejaye, who disclosed this in a statement described those behind the printing and distribution of the membership card as agent of darkness who are bent in destabilising APC in the state.
Kalejaye who said the supposed membership cards had been printed and circulated to some local government areas in the state, warned unsuspecting members of the party not to fall for the antics of the criminals, saying “there is no new membership card being issued by the party.”
Kalejaye said in the statement that “Our meticulous investigation reveals that the printing of the said cards was done in Akure, the Ondo State capital, between last week and Tuesday this week, before moving same to the North Senatorial district for distribution.
“It is further gathered that copies of booklets of the cards have been allocated to some party chieftains and chairmen in about five local government areas in the northern part of the State.
“The Ondo State chapter of the APC wants to state unequivocally that it has not authorised any person or group to print or distribute membership cards on its behalf. The act is therefore not with the knowledge and consent of the party.
“The printing and distribution of the so-called membership cards, we want to believe, is the handiwork of criminal and wicked agents that are bent either on destabilizing the party or subverting the will of the people.
“Whichever, the action is disheartening, crudely harsh, appalling, unacceptable, and should be a source of concern to all stakeholders, both within and outside the State.”
The statement stated further that “While appealing to our members to disregard any call for registration or collection of membership cards from fraudulent and desperate politicians. The State office will always give elaborate and adequate publicity to its actions and programmes for proper awareness.
“We also call on security agents to carry out thorough investigations into the development to unmask the gladiators behind it, and ensure that they are proportionately punished, to serve as deterrent to others from cultivating similar criminal tactics.”